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Gion Walking Tour by Night

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Kyoto, Japan
Gion Walking Tour by Night

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icon1 hour 40 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you translate and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
  • No getting lost—a guide navigates down Gion’s narrow alleyways
  • Learn where to find hidden places in the Geisha district
  • Go to areas when 'Memoirs of a Geisha' was filmed
  • Learn about Geiko and Maiko from your guide, on this Gion walking tour
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Professional, English-speaking guide
Transportation to/from attractions
Hotel pickup/drop-off

Departure Point

Japan, 〒605-0079 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Tokiwachō, 178 井筒八ッ橋本舗北座祇園本店

The best way to locate Gion Omoide Museum is to search in the google map by typing key word "gion omoide museum" However, it is small museum, and not familiar among people. If you ask locals about its location, please ask "Izutsu Yatsuhashi Gion Honten" which is the traditional pastry shop. The museum is located in the same building. Please arrive in the meeting place before 6pm or 15 minutes before 6pm.

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions
  • This tour has a maximum of 15 passengers per booking. If you require a booking for more than 15 passengers, please create a separate booking. Please note that more than 30 passengers may join the tour depending on the conditions of the tour departure date.
  • Small-group tour option (less than 8 guests guaranteed) can be chosen for different price
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY WaRaiDo Guide Networks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gion Walking Tour by Night?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Gion Walking Tour by Night.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gion Walking Tour by Night?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Gion Walking Tour by Night.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would highly recommend doing this on your first night to get your bearings and to enjoy the rest of your stay in Kyoto." See review
  • "Rainy evening spoiled the experience for me and would suggest an easier to find meeting spot." See review

Reviews

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185 Reviews

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star-5
Wonderful tour of the magical and mysterious Gion district
Helen_G
, Nov 2021
This was an incredibly Informative and lovely night tour of Kyoto’s geisha district, an area rich with ancient architecture and history that this tour helps one to understand beyond just surface level. If you have never learned about the fascinating life and education of a geisha in Kyoto, I recommend this tour to you as it is really fascinating. Our tour guide was lovely, greeted us with a little Kyoto sweet and was very knowledgeable about the Gion district.
star-5
Interesting tour of Gion
carol_o
, Feb 2021
Mie was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was fascinating to learn all about the Gion district. Thank you
star-4
great tour, also suitable for children
Marieke
, Mar 2020
As a little family of 2 adults and 3 children aged 6-9-11 we enjoyed the night walk. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and really levelled her talk to our children. She could answer all our answers. We really learned a lot more about the life of Geiko's and Maiko's in Kyoto
star-5
One of my favourite is Kyoto
becjane64
, Feb 2020
Very interesting. I highly recommend this tour. Mia was very knowledgeable, funny and passionate when she spoke
star-5
Highly recommend
Nigel_W
, Jan 2020
Our guide Mia(?) was fantastic. Very funny, informative and took us through some beautiful spots. Highly recommend Nigel
star-5
Oh so fascinating
Elisha_R
, Jan 2020
Fascinating, fun and informative I would thoroughly recommend this tour. It was a real insight into the Geisha ways and traditions.
star-5
Night adventure
Kristen_G
, Nov 2019
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The group was rather large, so it wasn't always possible to hear the guide. Overall, I would recommend this to a friend.
star-4
Can't beat the price!
Phil J
, Nov 2019
It was fun, learned a lot, Gion is beautiful. Rainy evening spoiled the experience for me and would suggest an easier to find meeting spot.
star-2
you dont need to do this tour, you can do it your self
Jorgus50
, Oct 2019
we really struggled to find the starting location for this tour as if you put the details you are given into Google maps you end up in the wrong place! this information needs to be improved. the tour was not really up to much, just focused on the book ' tales of a Geisha' very hard to hear the guide and we could have done it ourselves with out much effort. its very dark in the temple and there are a few 'man traps' , one woman fell dons a ditch and was quite shaken.
star-5
Professional guide and informative tour
Youngauntysg
, Oct 2019
It rained during our tour and I was impressed with Momo, our guide who carried on with the tour in the rain despite the tough conditions. Very professional and I learnt more about geisha on the tour. Highly recommended!

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